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Belpre officials optimistic about pool opening

BELPRE — Belpre officials are hopeful that the Belpre City Pool at Civitan Park will be opening this summer, if the COVID-19 pandemic situation permits it.

Belpre City Council held its regular meeting Monday evening. Due to the spike in COVID-19 cases, the Belpre City Building has been closed since Nov. 18, with all business conducted by mail, phone and electronically. Monday’s meeting was held by Zoom.

Officials discussed the Belpre Pool situation after two members of Boy Scout Troop 91 in Belpre asked for an update on the pool situation as part of their attendance at the council meeting while working on merit badges and other projects. Scouts Sonny Britton and Hunter Neff said they were interested in finding out about the pool’s status and if there was any type of support or help they might provide to earn community service hours.

Mayor Mike Lorentz and Safety-Service Directory Connie Hoblitzell said the pool’s opening will depend primarily on the COVID-19 situation at that time and what, if any, restrictions might be in place on the state level. In terms of the physical facility, there will be normal preparation and maintenance work to be done before any opening but nothing is known at this time which might cause any delays, they said. There should be opportunities for volunteer work as part of any preparations,, Hoblitzell added.

“It’s my hope we will open the pool this year,” Lorentz said.

In other business, council voted to table the third reading of an amendment establishing authorized manpower for calendar year 2021. The purpose of the amendment is to correct inaccurate information in the first manpower ordinance. Councilmember Dave Ferguson said he wanted to make sure council members had the correct paperwork for review before final approval is given on the measure.

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